CAAMFEST 2015 ended last weekend with sold out screenings at Oakland’s New Parkway Theater.
This year’s winning films include: MISS INDIA AMERICA, dir. Ravi Kapoor for Comcast Narrative Competition; 9-MAN, dir. Ursula Liang for Documentary Competition; TASHI’S TURBINE, dir. Amitabh R. Joshi for Documentary Competition Honorable Mention; SEOUL SEARCHING, dir. Benson Lee for Audience Award – Narrative Feature; TOP SPIN, dir. Sara Newens and Mina T. Son for Audience Award – Documentary Feature; GIAP’S LAST DAY AT THE IRONING BOARD FACTORY, dir. Tony Nguyen for the Loni Ding Award for Social Justice Documentary; HOTEL 22, dir. Elizabeth Lo and JAYA, dir. Puja Maewal for the APCA Student Film Awards.
2015 Comcast Narrative Competition
Winner: MISS INDIA AMERICA, dir. Ravi Kapoor
Jury Statement: “Miss India America” exposes the superficialities and hypocrisies of the model minority stereotype through hilarious satire that demonstrates storytelling at its most honest and compelling. Smart script, superb cast, and all-around entertaining plot twists aside, the film teaches an invaluable lesson: all the material achievements in the world, no matter how mind-blowing, cannot bring happiness and fulfillment without fundamental self-acceptance and self-love. If you enjoy intelligent comedy (and lots of pretty saris), go watch this film. The winner of the Comcast Narrative Award is MISS INDIA AMERICA, by director Ravi Kapoor.
2015 Documentary Competition
Winner: 9-MAN, dir. Ursula Liang
Jury Statement: The documentary film, “9-Man,” shatters what America thinks about the Asian American male identity by putting authentic, likeable characters in focus as they seek a sense of place and victory within the game of 9-man. The story is bright and active, weaving hyperlocal histories of these American Chinatowns, spiking the arc with issues that are both nuanced and complex, inviting you to invest in its outcomes through the end of the film and beyond. The jury is pleased to announce 9-man as the winner of the Documentary Competition for CAAMFest 2015.
2015 Audience Award
Audience Award – Narrative Feature: SEOUL SEARCHING
Audience Award – Documentary Feature: TOP SPIN
2015 Loni Dong Award
Winner: GIAP’S LAST DAY AT THE IRONING BOARD FACTORY, dir. Tony Nguyen
Jury Statement: Giap’s Last Day at the Ironing Board Factory is an elegantly crafted personal documentary about the last day of work for a Vietnamese refugee who worked for 35 years on the assembly line of what became the last ironing board factory in America. This is the story the filmmaker’s own mother who was relocated to a small town in Indiana in 1975 after the US withdrew from Vietnam when he was still in the womb. Using a simple and honest voice, Tony’s tender portrait does not shy away from his own ambivalence about growing up a refugee in a single parent household or the pains of assimilation in America’s heartland of Americans, and ultimately becomes a loving tribute to the resiliency of the Vietnamese American community and his mother.
AT&T/APCA Student Film Award
The APCA Student Film Award recognizes promising voices in Asian and Asian American media and is presented to college students that exemplify the voice of a new generation.
Winners: HOTEL 22, dir. Elizabeth Lo and JAYA, dir. Puja Maul
CAAM (Center for Asian American Media) is a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. CAAM does this by funding, producing, distributing and exhibiting works in film, television and digital media.
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